“I told you. I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” – Phil Connors, Groundhog Day (1993)
By the time we hit the third stop at Angels Stadium of Anaheim, we feel trapped in the seemingly endless cycle of repetition that Bill Murray faced in the classic early 90s film. The layout of the pit area is almost always the same, the vibe in the air has diminished, and we have as editors have hit so many races in such a short span of time that it becomes a challenge to find something new to arouse our inner Phil Connors. Luckily for us, the final weekend in Orange County brought excitement to the championship and kept us from driving off of a cliff with a small rodent on our laps…
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The crowd in the Anaheim Three pit was much denser than the second-stop at the venue, but inside the stadium, attendance was noticeably lower than one would expect. This coming weekend marks the final California round of the season, as the annual San Diego stop takes place at Qualcomm Stadium.
The KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge made a popular return at Anaheim 3, and will make stops at five more rounds of the Monster Energy SX Series. Maybe it’s because the exhaust tone in the massive stadium is much different than the full-size four stroke bikes, but we swear the young racers garnered more cheers and enthusiasm than any other race that took place during the night.
KTM’s 50 SXS bikes come off the showroom floor race-ready with a FMF Fatty expansion chamber, FMF/KTM spec silencer, Ohlins piggyback reservoir shock, and assorted KTM PowerParts anodized aluminum components.
The front fender of each KTM 50 is adorned with a GE (General Electric) logo. This sponsorship seemed very non-endemic and new at first, but the KTM staff gave us more background information on the deal. GE is the backing company behind KTM’s financing program and have been a sponsor to KTM’s efforts for years.
Brian Deegan’s son Haiden was the youngest rider in the KTM Junior Challenge, but he still finished an impressive fourth. Deegan and “Dangerboy” have been regulars at many local Southern California races recently. The father and son definitely looked to be having a good time with the experience. On Sunday morning, the Deegans woke up early and headed to Glen Helen Raceway for round three of the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Winter Cup, where Haiden won the PeeWee 4-6 class with ease.